Name: C.J. Leslie
Hometown: Holly Springs, North Carolina
High School: Word of God Christian Academy
Notes: Sophomore forward C.J. Leslie was arguably the most consistent player in the 2007 GSK Holiday Invitational.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward was huge for Word of God Christian Academy, teaming with five-star point guard John Wall to lead the Raleigh-based squad to the 8-Team Boy's Tournament title after defeating Southern Durham, Taft, and DeMatha. Word of God is the first team from the state of North Carolina to win the GSK Holiday Invitational since 1989 when Rodney Rodgers
Leslie averaged 21.3 points per game and led the Holy Rams in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots during the three-game tournament. For his efforts, Leslie was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Just a sophomore, Leslie played his freshman season at Holly Springs High School. After a strong showing on the AAU circuit and at NC State's team camp, he was offered a scholarship by the Wolfpack and gave a verbal commitment.
A member of the heralded 2010 in-state class, Leslie is a combo forward who still is developing his game but is blessed with a load of potential. His body is still maturing and filling out, but he is already very skilled with the basketball. He has solid footwork in the post, already has a couple of go-to post moves, and he hits the boards with a purpose. He is a very good athlete and is active around the rim and blocks shots at a high rate.
He needs to work on strength, conditioning, and controlling his emotions, but Leslie has major upside. He is considered one of the top players in the state, regardless of class.
Here is your chance to catch the NC State commitment in action!
Soph. Film - GSK: #5 C.J. Leslie -- WOG vs. DeMatha -
Soph. Film - GSK: #5 C.J. Leslie -- WOG vs. Taft -
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